What is the difference between being motivated to go forward and being effective in making something happen? Hot water can be uncomfortable to have your hand in, however boiling water will certainly prompt you to take action!
Steam is a very effective tool from taking paint off the wall to moving a steam engine down the tracks. What is your motivation? What changes your direction from your daily routine to the fast track of achievement?
Finding your personal motivational key, helps you to continue to modify your actions and resources to achieve your focused end goals.
Creating a habit of putting aside everyday distractions and interruptions that tend to delay your final goals, is a “work in progress” achievement. As our exposure to outside information and stimulus increases through the ease of immediate access to cell phones, the internet, radio, television and cable, etc. it is even more essential to be selective about where you invest your limited time and personal resources.
Evaluate your time and personal resources. Determine for yourself where your personal goals and values fall into place. Recognizing your limitations of time and energy, provides opportunity to create a priority list – in your own best interests! Call it a bucket list, or a “must do” list – but make the most of your day and your future.
Success is a wonderful thing. Repeatable success is even sweeter! To achieve that goal – you need to start with the foundation. Not a news flash, but an integral part of the process. If you have a goal, the best way to reach it, is to create a road map. Once the road map is established, and you have won the prize – the aim is to repeat that success. The old adage of “not recreating the wheel” comes to mind. If you have already “created the wheel” for your business or your focus, keep the momentum alive by using that platform to launch your next level of success.
Documentation and ear marking your steps is essential to continued success. The ISO System of documentation is an intense process to guarantee repeatability. Depending on your particular goals – they need not be as formal. When in business, the quality of your service and/or product depends on the customer receiving the same value for the exchange every single time they interact with your company (or you).
Creating flow charts, or SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) allow the repetitive procedures to be recreated without additional input or energy on your part. That allows you and/or your team to focus on the “icing on the cake” strategies that separate your company or service from your competitors. As with most things, start with the basics, ex: phone procedures-etiquette, packaging your product, product work flow. Document and test those procedures to assure they are the quality and efficiency you want to repeat. Then turn your energies to more complex procedures, as you evaluate and create those repeatable patterns, they will become second nature, creating additional opportunities to advance to the next level of your business and personal success – and then, repeat!